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SM (1) volume 74/25


Design for the Four Per Cent Office, 19 March 1794


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(Bailey) The Bank of England, Section of Bank Stock Office (sic), (Soane) in 3 months / To the springing of the highest arch, (pencil) abt 35.0

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  • March 19 1794


Soane office and Soane


Drawing 1 is a preliminary design for the Four Per Cent Office. The design is a copy of the Bank Sotck Office, with segmental arches around the centre bay. The lantern does not have the iron arch braces of the Stock Office lantern.



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